Your Opportunity to Change New York City Parking Policy

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What if you were given the chance to help erase up to
a quarter of the traffic on your neighborhood streets? Would you take it?

Transportation
Alternatives found that an astounding 45 percent of the traffic in Park Slope and 28 percent in SoHo is
cruising for parking. Many other neighborhoods are equally plagued with cruising and double parking. Now there is a terrific chance for us to actually do something about this mess. The Department of Transportation is inviting New Yorkers to help formulate new parking policies for New
York City
streets. As part of
the mayor’s congestion pricing plan, the DOT is considering big changes in curbside parking rules
for the seven community boards bordering the pricing zone.

DOT appears on the
verge of proposing Residential Parking Permits and meter prices targeted to create turn-over, and eliminate cruising traffic and double parking. It could well be the biggest laboratory for curbside parking reform in the world. If the changes work in these neighborhoods, they will be spread throughout New York City.
It’s an amazing opportunity for livable streets advocates. Instead of fighting for decades for these traffic busting changes, there is a chance to win them in a few short years. But DOT needs to hear from you
at their parking workshops.

One
person can make a big difference at these workshops.

At the first round of workshops held late last year, I was the only non-car owner at my table of eight at Harlem’s Alhambra Ballroom. But me being there changed
the discussion from one of endless demands for more free parking space — which I heard at another table, as my group was being organized — to a more
considered discussion of the implications of DOT’s proposed changes.

By the end, a majority of the motorists at my table supported DOT’s suggested changes. More than half of the households in New York City do not have a car. But non-motorists should have a say in the parking changes that affect them as bicyclists, bus riders, pedestrians and people who breathe the air. Take a couple of hours and show up. Your voice will be heard. The next workshop is the Upper East Side Wednesday January 23 followed by Harlem/Morningside Heights on Thursday January 24th. Both at 6 p.m. See Streetsblog’s calendar for the entire list of parking workshops.

Photo: AGI500/Flickr or Alapan

  • There’s one coming up for Queens too on 1/29. Its on the Events calendar here http://www.astorians.com/community/index.php?topic=9247.0

  • Lindsey Lusher

    If you’re going to a parking workshop, be sure to check out:

    http://www.transalt.org/campaigns/sensible/parking/parkingworkshops_talkingpoints.pdf

  • Hello,

    Thank you for using my photograph. I’m honored but please refer users to my website in addition to Flickr.

  • About that “cruising for parking.” How many drivers on alternate side days double-park and idle until the street sweeper comes by? Then, they move to the other side of the street and idle until it is safe to turn off the engine and leave the car. Imagine a single block of 12 or 15 cars–all idling for an hour and a half.

    If the police are not going to enforce the existing 3-min. NYC idling law, it is up to the people to make it happen. May 6th, 2008 will be our City’s first stop-idling day. Visit http://www.idle-free.info and find out what you can do as part of the Idle-Free NYC campaign.

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